Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 20, 2014
Grande Communications, AT&T and Google aren’t the only companies promising Austinites super-fast Internet.
Time Warner Cable, the area’s dominant cable provider, announced Thursday that it will boost Internet speeds in Central Texas – but not up to 1 gigabit, the speed being promised by its three competitors.
Ultimate, the company’s fastest offering, will jump from 50 to 300 megabits per second.
Everyday Low Price, its slowest and cheapest service, will go from 2 to 3 Mbps; Basic, 3 to 10 Mbps; Standard, 15 to 50 Mbps; Turbo, 20 to 100 Mbps; and Extreme, 30 to 200 Mbps.
The faster speeds for residential customers should be available in communities throughout Central Texas by this fall, the company said. There will be no additional cost for the speedier residential service.
"These substantial speed increases mean Time Warner Cable Internet customers have incredibly powerful new choices for services and features to meet their needs," said Kathy Brabson, area vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable. "In stark contrast to our competitors, upon completion of this short rollout phase, these faster speeds and choices will be available to every Time Warner Cable customer in every area we serve in the Austin market, not just select neighborhoods."
Several new packages for business customers are planned, as well, starting this summer, according to Brabson.